Kids Favorite Mac and Cheese

Kids Favorite Mac and Cheese

Kids Favorite Mac and Cheese

original recipe submitted By Gary M.

What kid does not LOVE mac and cheese. Wait ....what adult does not love mac and cheese for that matter?  Every kids menu has it,  and I bet most pantry's are stocked with it.  But what lurks in that boxed mac and cheese is not comforting-at all!  Gary M. submitted the original recipe which he recalls memorizing from a magazine at a doctors office many years ago.  I must admit I love the simplicity of his recipe.  It has 6 ingredients!  Have you ever  looked  at the number of ingredients in the boxed mac and cheese?   My guess is there are more than 12 ingredients none of which are real good clean food.  So my point is, if you make Gary's version of the dish you are already making a recipe that is leaps and bounds healthier than the kind you make from a box.  Not to mention SO much more delicious.

So, I made a few changes I chose a  gluten free rice pasta, I used raw cheddar cheese and decreased the total amount of cheese and added butternut squash puree.  I omitted the ham but see recipe for suggestions on this,  I also added gluten free bread crumbs with flax and sesame seeds on top for a bit of crunch and dose of healthy Omega's.

healthy. gooey. goodness


  • 1 lb farfalle/bow tie pasta   or  Gluten free pasta of your choice
  • 1 med. onion
  • 1 cup of cooked butternut squash puree, I bet pumpkin puree would also be good
  • 1 pound frozen peas or chopped steamed broccoli
  • 1-2 pounds of Black Forest Ham or omit and add liquid smoke if you want the smokey flavor of ham but want to make a meatless dish
  • 1 lb cheddar cheese   80z (1/2 pound) of raw organic cheddar cheese
  • 1/2  1/4 pint organic whipping cream
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt and Pepper to taste
  • Gluten free bread crumbs store bought or homemade
  • Flax seeds and or sesame seeds (optional)


  • Cook Pasta be mindful not to over cook
  • Dice and saute onions until soft and add in the butternut squash puree, frozen or fresh peas or broccoli if you are using it.
  • Grate cheese....reserving 1/4 cup
  • Dice ham if you are using it
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Holding back the whipping cream and 1/4 cup of cheese and the flax and sesame seeds, combine all ingredients and mix,  then add to baking dish.
  • Whip cream a little then pour over entire casserole.
  • Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until warm/hot throughout.
  • Remove cover, sprinkle the remaining cheese, breadcrumbs, the flax and sesame seeds and cook until hot throughout.
  • Sea Salt and pepper to taste
If you are interested in a vegan version of this recipe contact me and I would be happy to send it to you.
This was a tremendous hit at my house. My four year old twins and husband devoured it. This would be a great main dish or side dish. It defines comfort food!  After you eat it you will have a big grin on your face and if you prepared this meal you will be smiling because you have just made a healthy version of Mac and Cheese.
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8 Responses

  1. Angie October 10, 2011

    Can’t wait to try it out! Will let you know how it goes.

    • andrea October 10, 2011

      Yes let me know Angie what you think and if you “miss” any of the original ingredients.

  2. Michelle October 13, 2011

    How do I like the post to vote?

    • Andrea October 13, 2011

      Go to the Good Clean Health face book page. Like the page then like the recipe and that counts as a vote!

  3. Angie October 22, 2011

    Just made this recipe – new and improved over the old recipe- and it was great! It still had all the flavor of the old version, but I didn’t feel all weighted down and guilty when I ate it. I used pumpkin instead of butternut squash since we had some, and I was too lazy to cook the squash. I also used canadian bacon instead of ham – thought it might be a little healthier than ham.
    It is a definite “do over”, as we say in our house! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    • andrea October 22, 2011

      I am so glad you liked the changes! Thanks for the feedback I know others will benefit from knowing what changes suited your family :)

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  5. Anastasia @Healthy Mama Info November 22, 2011

    YUM! Making this tonight! Thank you.

  6. dave November 30, 2011

    I think I will try this recipe out and let you know how it tastes. I am a mac and cheese freak so I will try anything new recipe with mac and cheese.

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